Aiza is currently working abroad as a laser technician in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. She’s 28 years old and the second daughter of a teacher and a retired OFW. One of the main reasons why she pursues a job abroad is the job insufficiency among nurses in the Philippines. Likewise, working abroad opens a new opportunity to earn better, and to provide for her family. Most of the nurses during her time worked as volunteers, meaning, they are working for free.
Aiza is by now enjoying the life of being a successful OFW. She’s able to provide the needs of her family and still save for herself. Also,she already bought his dad a car, and she’s currently supporting her sister’s college education, as well as her parents’ business.
What makes you decide to work abroad?
There was no sufficient jobs for nurses that can provide an enough salary to help my family. Most nurses during in our time are volunteers which means we are doing our jobs for free.
What is the hardest part of being an OFW?
The hardest part of being an OFW is living away from the home country where I grew up with and missing my loved ones specially in Christmas and special occasions
What are the things you have established/bought since you became an OFW?
I bought a car for my Dad and Im supporting my sister’s college education and my parent’s livelihood business
Do you have a bad experience as an OFW either abroad or in the Philippines?
I had a lot but however those experiences made me a better and stronger person. There will always be struggles, either here or in the Philippines, it’s given its part of life.
Do you have any plans in mind so that you don’t have to work abroad for the rest of your life?
Who wants to work out of your country for the rest of your life? I have plans of opening up a business after saving sufficient fund.
Would you ever consider working in your home country again? Why?
I am considering of opening up a business of my own after 10 years.
How do you handle being homesick (homesickness)?
Mostly, I talk to my significant other or I talk to my core group in my church to handle the sadness.
Do you think the popular social media platforms can help fight boredom? Why?
Yes it can ( somehow) but mostly, to fight boredom, either you should be with your good friends, or do shopping.
What do you miss most in the Philippines?
I miss my family.
What are the things you regret not doing because of your time spent working abroad?
As of now there are no things I regret. But I did not see how my first niece grow up, I missed it, so when I have my own kid he should be with me here while I am working.
Can you give tips or advice for people who are planning to go abroad?
Being abroad is not only about money. Mainly material things will get old, rust and tardy. The important thing of being away is holding up your faith to the Lord and not dwells in worldly things.
We are just human, without faith you will be very weak. Regarding money, don’t send and spend. Make sure you have your own savings so whenever things go wrong, you will have no worries how you will support yourself. And always remember to plan a long term goal, why are you abroad? For sure you have bigger plans rather than working for your boss’ future right.